Despite sounding like they were being played back on some ghostly turntable from The Twilight Zone, Gothdammit is a surprisingly melodic EP from Seattle’s Grave Babies.
Sure, the band sounds like murky proto-punk mining the macabre, but it’s all for show. Essentially, Grave Babies is a lo-fi band that really likes Joy Division, which makes me wonder why they seem to spend so much effort constructing an image that isn’t indicative of their sound.
It seems to me that having a blatantly unsettling name and bizarre cover art would alienate most potential listeners, save for the goth crowd. With the goofy made-up word they’ve chosen as the name of their EP, you would think they were trying to distance themselves from that scene.
Freebie Nightmare mp3 (courtesy of Hardly Art)